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“One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.”
Hart Crane
“I wanted you, nameless Woman of the South,
No wraith, but utterly—as still more alone
The Southern Cross takes night
And lifts her girdles from her, one by one—
High, cool,
wide from the slowly smoldering fire
Of lower heavens,—
vaporous scars!

Eve! Magdalene!
or Mary, you?

Whatever call—falls vainly on the wave.
O simian Venus, homeless Eve,
Unwedded, stumbling gardenless to grieve
Windswept guitars on lonely decks forever;
Finally to answer all within one grave!

And this long wake of phosphor,
iridescent
Furrow of all our travel—trailed derision!
Eyes crumble at its kiss. Its long-drawn spell
Incites a yell. Slid on that backward vision
The mind is churned to spittle, whispering hell.

I wanted you . . . The embers of the Cross
Climbed by aslant and huddling aromatically.
It is blood to remember; it is fire
To stammer back . . . It is
God—your namelessness. And the wash—

All night the water combed you with black
Insolence. You crept out simmering, accomplished.
Water rattled that stinging coil, your
Rehearsed hair—docile, alas, from many arms.
Yes, Eve—wraith of my unloved seed!

The Cross, a phantom, buckled—dropped below the dawn.
Light drowned the lithic trillions of your spawn.”
Hart Crane, The Bridge
“نتكيّف خاضعين
مكتفين بتعزيّات جزافية
كتلك التى تضعها الريح
فى جيوب عميقة وواسعة
لأنه لا يزال فى وسعنا أن نحب العالم،
نحن الذين نجد قطا صغيرا على العتبة ونعرف
كيف نحميه من قساوة الشارع
فى فجوة دافئة مغطاة بالريش.
سوف نسير جانبيا،
وحتى البسمة المتكلفة الأخيرة
نتحاشى حكم ذلك الإبهام المحتوم
الذى يدير نحونا ببطء سبّابته المجعدة
مواجهين النظرة الشذراء الفاترة ببراءة
وبالكثير من الدهشة!
ومع ذلك، فتلك السقطات البارعة ليست أكاذيب
أكثر مما هى استدارات أى خيزرانة مطواع،
وليس مأتمنا، بصورةٍ ما، مشروعاً.
فى وسعنا التملص منكم، ومن كل شىء آخر،
لكن ليس من القلب:
ما ذنبنا إذا بقى القلب حيّا؟
تفرض اللعبة ابتسامات متكلفة،
لكننا رأينا القمر
يصنع فى المعابر المقفرة كأس ضحك مقدسة
من منفضة فارغة
وعبر أصوات المرح والبحث جميعا
سمعنا مواء قطٍ فى البرية”
Hart Crane, White Buildings: Poems
“Love: a burnt match skating in a urinal. ”
Hart Crane
“Permit me voyage, love, into your hands... ”
Hart Crane
“And so it was I entered the broken world
To trace the visionary company of love, its voice
An instant in the wind (I know not whither hurled)
But not for long to hold each desperate choice.”
Hart Crane
“O sleepless as the river under thee, / Vaulting the sea, the prairies' dreaming sod, / Onto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend / And of the curveship lend a myth to God.”
Hart Crane, The Bridge
“The game enforces smirks; but we have seen
The moon in lonely alleys make
A grail of laughter of an empty ash can,
And all through the sound of gaiety and quest
Have heard a kitten in the wilderness.”
Hart Crane
“How many dawns, chill from his rippling rest
The seagull’s wings shall dip and pivot him,
Shedding white rings of tumult, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty—

Then, with inviolate curve, forsake our eyes
As apparitional as sails that cross
Some page of figures to be filed away;
—Till elevators drop us from our day ...”
Hart Crane
“I can remember much forgetfulness.”
Hart Crane
“Приспособяваме се тихо към живота,
доволни и от бледите утехи,
които вятърът довява
и пуска в празните ни джобове.
Но още храним обич към света
щом спираме пред гладно котенце на прага,
готови да го приютим в протрития ръкав,
да го спасим от улицата - шумна и жестока.
(...)
Играта е такава - кара ни да се усмихваме насила.
И все пак виждаме луната, спряла над самотна уличка,
да преобръща празна кофа в искряща чаша на смеха,
и все пак чуваме през веселия шум и нашите стремежи
гласа на котенце, което вика сред пустинята.”
Hart Crane
tags: poetry
“--And yet this great wink of eternity,
Of rimless floods, unfettered leewardings,
Samite sheeted and processioned where
Her undinal vast belly moonward bends,
Laughing the wrapt inflections of our love;

Take this Sea, whose diapason knells
On scrolls of silver snowy sentences,
The sceptred terror of whose sessions rends
As her demeanors motion well or ill,
All but the pieties of lovers’ hands.

And onward, as bells off San Salvador
Salute the crocus lustres of the stars,
In these poinsettia meadows of her tides,--
Adagios of islands, O my Prodigal,
Complete the dark confessions her veins spell.

Mark how her turning shoulders wind the hours,
And hasten while her penniless rich palms
Pass superscription of bent foam and wave,--
Hasten, while they are true,--sleep, death, desire,
Close round one instant in one floating flower.

Bind us in time, O Seasons clear, and awe.
O minstrel galleons of Carib fire,
Bequeath us to no earthly shore until
Is answered in the vortex of our grave
The seal’s wide spindrift gaze toward paradise.”
Hart Crane
“The bells, I say, the bells break down their tower;
And swing I know not where. Their tongues engrave
Membrane through marrow, my long-scattered score
Of broken intervals … And I, their sexton slave!”
Hart Crane
“Out of some subway scuttle, cell or loft
A bedlamite speeds to thy parapets,
Tilting there momently, shrill shirt ballooning,
A jest falls from the speechless caravan.”
Hart Crane


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